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Can you imagine being born in another era? We are so used to modern technology, luxuries and amenities, it is hard to imagine how life was possible without them. Yet human life has existed for millennia.

Could you live in another era?

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I would say the 1960's. This was a time when individuals started to protest for change for the first time in areas such as civil rights (protests against the Vietnam war), women's rights, and gay rights. I believe we became more of a 'free' society in the 60's, which would have been great to experience.

From a fashion point of view, clothing from that era was beautifully tailored, women looked amazing and the men tended to be a match in the sartorial stakes. From what I gather when listening to my parents talk of the 60's, life was simpler, happier, people were more innocent and more trusting of one another.

Then there is the music from the era - The Beetles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Doors, Jimi Hendricks..

Definitely 1960's for me!
I love the idea of living in another era and experiencing a different way of life. The problem would be choosing which era. A lot of my choice would be based no doubt on my fantasy version of what the era would be like based on film and fiction so I'd be hoping for my romanticized version of it!
I wouldn't want to live in any other era than where I am now. I love all the excitement, the way we are becoming a global village, the ease with which we can communicate, and so much more.
It's so surreal, isn't it? Every time I Skype or read something on my iPad I think, "The future is here!"
by Carly
I am fascinated by technology, so if I was to live at another time, I think I'd like to live in the future.
I've always imagined I would have been quite at home as a peace loving flower child of the sixties, hanging out at Woodstock with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix....
Went to a party where we were taken back in time in the 1980's. We dressed in retro 80's clothing, with hairstyles to boot. Also had a milk bar candy bar to enjoy, and engaged in 80's leisure activities. So fun. Loved the 80's music too.
I can definitely imagine it, but I think this is the best era so far to be born into, especially for a woman. I wouldn't like to go back to a time when we didn't have the vote, or were viewed as property, unable to inherit, weren't allowed to go to university, or more recently were expected to just take it when sexually harassed in public and expected to give birth literally tied to a hospital bed drugged out of our minds (twilight sleep, scary stuff!). It's also nice having a decent chance of not dying in childbirth and having all of your children survive infancy.

We still don't have equality between the sexes but we've come a very long way. It saddens me that there are still women in the world who still don't enjoy all these things I take for granted.
I agree with everything you're saying, but I would love to have been one of the suffragettes who paved the way for making all those things possible.
by Carly
They certainly were impressive women.
I would love to live back in the time when goddesses were worshiped and the culture was a matriarchy :)

I was thinking the other day (just for something different) while I was cooking. I was making up a homemade balti paste, which contained something like eight different herbs and spices. I was thinking about how lucky we are, that we can go to any local supermarket and pick these babies up. In eras other than our own, this would have been nigh on possible for most people. We are truly lucky.

It's also unbelievably disorientating living in this era. So much is distorted in one way or the other - bigger than it's been previously, or smaller, or newly-invented. We really are on the frontier in so many ways. It's also an awfully lonely time to live at times culturally speaking - we need to learn new ways of being a community. And many people are! And they inspire me :)
Frankly speaking, I do not wish to live in any other era. People talk about going back to the 40s, 60s, 80s or even earlier. History tells us women enjoyed no or little freedom in the bygone era. It took many years and much struggle on the part of valient men and women for us to come so far.

Ranging from the right to vote, right to work, right to be treated as proper human beings, right to equal pay and so on. These priviledges or more appropriately rights were endowed on us fairly recently. In a nutshell, I am happy to have born in this era where I can say with conviction that I am as good as a man in all respect.
I would love to live in the 1920s!
If I was born in it, I would have no choice, so yes, I would know no different.
by Finy
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